Number, Inc. Presents Art of the South 2017

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Palmer’s ink on paper drawing entitled “Drunk on the Blood of the Holy Ones” has been selected for Number Inc.’s annual Art of the South exhibition. This exhibition focuses on showcasing the who’s who of the Tennessee and Southern contemporary art scene. The juror, Mark Scala, is Chief Curator at the First Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, TN. Scala selected forty works for display out of over 300 entries. The opening reception will take place on Friday, June 2nd, 2017 from 6-8 PM at L Ross Gallery in Memphis, TN. The exhibition will remain open until June 30, 2017.

2017 Visual and Theatre Arts Student Exhibition

The University of Tennessee at Martin’s 2017 Visual and Theatre Arts Student Exhibition had its opening reception on Tuesday, April 11th. Palmer’s works entitled God is Not Partial received 1st Place in the Drawing category and Uncommon Core received 1st Place in the Painting category. The show will continue to be on view through April 29th during regular gallery hours.

“God is Not Partial”, Ink on Paper, 2017.
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“Uncommon Core”, Oil on Canvas, 2017.

“Know Jehovah!”: A Senior Thesis Exhibition

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The Visual and Theatre Arts Department of the University of Tennessee at Martin would like to announce Clay Palmer’s senior BFA thesis exhibition entitled “Know Jehovah!” The exhibition will contain drawings, paintings, and sculptures created over the past two years. Palmer’s work addresses his religious beliefs as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and serves as a visual commentary on themes such as identity, faith, persecution, and the current socio-political environment. The exhibition dates are March 14th – 25th, 2017 with an opening reception scheduled for March 14th from 5:00 – 6:30 PM. Refreshments will be available.

Clay is a senior Fine Arts major and University Scholar at the University of Tennessee at Martin. He was raised in Dresden, TN and graduated from Dresden High School in 2013. Clay will graduate from UTM in May with his BFA in Visual Art and will move directly to working as a Staff Support Lead for the Memphis College of Art’s Summer Art Camp. His work has been exhibited both regionally and nationally, and his research is set to be presented at the Southern Regional Honors Council Conference that will take place on March 30th – April 1st in Asheville, North Carolina. Clay is one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and enjoys spending time in the door-to-door ministry. He currently resides in Bradford, TN with his family and plans to continue creating and exhibiting artwork post-graduation.

6th Annual LSA Exhibition: Not Your Mama’s Art Show


Palmer’s works entitled “Uncommon Core” and “Dotted Tie, Dotted Eye” have been selected for the 6th Annual League of Striving Artists Exhibition: “Not Your Mama’s Art Show”.  The theme approaches Millennial conflicts and interpretations as follows:

From a barrage of information on social media platforms, to more personal experiences, Millennials face a storm of conflicting ideas, beliefs and events. “Not Your Mama’s Art Show: Millennial Conflicts & Interpretations” is an acknowledgement of differences of opinions and an excursion into defining personal beliefs and discovering both individual identity and the collective identity of a community of people, separated from others by a generational gap, yet still closely tied together through various traditions and experiences.

The juror for the exhibition is Natalie C. Tyree. Natalie is an Assistant Professor of Art at Delta State University where she teaches Graphic Design. She received her MFA from Indiana State University and her BFA from the University of Tennessee at Martin.

The opening reception will be at the UTM Fine Arts Gallery from 5 to 6:30 PM on Tuesday, February 14, 2017. Refreshments will be available.

“Aftermath of Gobitis” wins Best in Show at Impressions 2016


“Aftermath of Gobitis”, Oil on Canvas, 3′ x 4′, 2016

Palmer’s painting “Aftermath of Gobitis” was awarded Best in Show at the opening reception for the Ice House Gallery’s Impressions 2016 exhibit on December 9th, 2016. Two other paintings, “Looking Back, Looking Ahead” and “The Fires of Zeal” were also selected for the exhibition by juror Arlene Berry. The Ice House Gallery is located at 120 N 8th Street, Mayfield, KY. The work will be on view until December 28th and gallery hours are 10 AM to 5 PM on Tuesday through Friday, and 10 AM to 1 PM on Saturday. For more information call (270) 247-6971.

2016: Winds of Chaos Contemporary Art Exhibition


Palmer’s painting entitled “Looking Back, Looking Ahead” will be a part of the 2016: Winds of Chaos group exhibition. This exhibition is a component of Dr. Carol Eckert’s ARTH 410 Contemporary Art class and will feature work based around the events and emotions transpiring in the year 2016. Refreshments will be available, and the artists will be in attendance.

“Drunk on the Blood of the Holy Ones” selected for the 2016 4th Annual FL3TCH3R EXHIBIT


Palmer’s drawing “Drunk on the Blood of the Holy Ones” has been selected for the 2016 4th Annual FL3TCHER EXHIBIT. This is a multi-national exhibit that focuses on socially and politically engaged art. The juror, Dr. Eric Avery, M.D., is a printmaker that has practiced his art and medicine simultaneously for many years. The exhibition will be held from October 10th to December 19th, 2016 at the Reece Museum on the campus of East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN. Exhibition hours will be from 9 AM to 4:30 PM. A public lecture will be given by the juror on October 27th, 2016 from 5 to 6 PM. The Reception and Awards Ceremony will also be on October 27th from 6 to 8 PM at the Reece Museum. A catalog of the work will be published.

“Trials and Tribulation” selected as Best in Show at 3rd Annual Guitar As Art Exhibition

Palmer’s work entitled “Trials and Tribulation” received the Best in Show Award and the $500 Purchase Prize at the 3rd Annual Guitar As Art Exhibition Opening Reception on September 4th, 2016. This event is hosted annually as a dual effort between the Tennessee Soybean Festival and the University of Tennessee at Martin’s Department of Visual and Theatre Arts.

The juror for the exhibition, T. Michael Martin, is the Director of University Galleries and Assistant Professor of Art at Murray State University. Martin released the following statement regarding his selection of the work:

“It has been my honor to have the opportunity to jury the 3rd Annual Guitar As Art exhibition. The breadth of creativity and the varied approaches to art making demonstrated by all of the artists on display truly impresses me. The painted guitars on view represent a broad community of talented artists who convey a commitment to their craft. It was a pleasure spending time looking at all of the work and I am positive that visitors to the exhibition will enjoy and be inspired by the range of painting methods and the quality of craftsmanship on display.

Selecting the awards was challenging with such a range of exciting techniques and a variety of surface attention unique to each artist. There are areas of inspiration within each work and multiple references mirroring artists from the canon of art history. From traditional subjects and painting handling to the abstracted and non-objective and from illustration to conceptual works the artists and their works in this show demonstrate a wealth in the variety within the arts today.

The visually charged and skilled surface attention in works like What’s the Point? by Scott Smith, Sunflower by David Harold Sheridan, Established Ego by Joshua Massie, 508 Just Breathe by Nikki Gentry, Eternal Knight by Cody Williams, Calendar by Jason Taylor, Our Home Sweet Home by Rachel Taulbee, and A Summer Gone by Christina Hobson immediately attract the viewer’s eye. The attention to detail in Wicked He(art) by Kaitlyn Frandsen, Overgrown Beauty by Beth Angel Bodwell, and Creation in Grandma’s Garden by Sarah Skelton draw you into the work and entice a closer investigation. The animated imagery in Chase in the Morning by Zach Robinson, The Hands by Nicholas Jay D’Acquisito, Poached by Terran Qualls and Tatsu Toril by Shane Gregory ask for imaginative exploration into their unique stories.

The calm, airy scenery in Martin Farmers Market by Michelle Fieser was selected for its connection to the Home Grown theme. The painting feels reminiscent of the American artist Edward Hopper in its rendering, paint handling, and display of subtle social interactions within the market environment. Ultimately, the politically charged and all around flow of the unsettling multi-narrative within Trials and Tribulation by Clay Palmer led to the best of show selection. Palmer seems to be expressing a scene of national and global distress, possibly displaying a darker side of society in order to direct the viewer to contemplate issues and motivate change.

I would like to extend thanks to Jason Stout for inviting me to juror this exhibition, UT Martin Galleries for hosting such a wonderful and unique exhibit, and the City of Martin for their continued efforts toward the success of this exhibition and for their outstanding support for the arts in this community. Again, it has been my honor to jury the 3rd Annual Guitar As Art exhibition. Congratulations to everyone involved in the continued success of this annual exhibition. ”

This exhibition will be open to the public at the University of Tennessee at Martin’s Fine Arts Gallery at 16 Mount Pelia Road in Martin, TN from September 4 to September 17, 2016.